Motorcyclists are a frequent sight on Staten Island roadways and throughout New York. While most drivers of conventional vehicles will adhere to the law, keep a close eye on motorcycles and share the road, motorcycle accidents can still happen. Since motorcyclists do not have the same protections as other motorists, they can suffer severe injuries and death when there is an accident. This is true, even if they are wearing protective gear. When there is a motorcycle accident, it is essential that a full investigation be conducted to determine its cause and help with a potential legal filing.
The popularity of motorcycle riding is tempered by very sobering news: there was an eight percent increase in fatalities related to motorcycle accidents in 2015, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Motorcycles made up three percent of all registered vehicles in this country in 2015 and were responsible for only 0.6 percent of all vehicle miles traveled. However, the death rate for bikers was six times the rate for passenger car occupants.
Though here on Staten Island, you may like to think you live in the "forgotten borough," there are times when the volume of traffic may make you feel quite the opposite. Between commuters passing through and residents moving between New Jersey and Manhattan, this can be quite a busy place.
Riding a motorcycle is an activity enjoyed by many Americans across the country. Every day, there are motorcycles crisscrossing roads and zooming through countryside and cityscape. Most of these trips go without incident. Unfortunately, as a recent incident demonstrated, there are motorcycle rides that end in tragedy.
Take a look outside recently anywhere in the northeast, including the Staten Island, New York, area and the last thing on your mind is spring. Or maybe the recent massive snow storm is encouraging everyone to long for the brighter, warmer and nicer days of spring on the horizon. While wintry weather, such as what hit recently, will dissuade even the most fanatic motorcyclist in the area, once the roads have cleared and once the temperatures rise we will inevitably see more motorcyclists on the road. And, with an increase in motorcyclists comes a whole new set of hazards to keep in mind when we hit the streets.
In New York, walking and biking aren't just healthy activities. They're primary modes of transportation.
It should come as no surprise to you that Staten Island motorcyclists face a number of dangers on the highway. Motorcycles are smaller and have less protective casing than passenger vehicles, making other drivers less likely to see them on the road. Gravel, uneven road surfaces and other debris may not affect larger vehicles, but they can play a major role in a motorcycle accident. Motorcycle accidents can result in more serious injuries than other accidents due to the riders' lack of protection.
If you've been involved in a motorcycle accident in Staten Island, you may be struggling physically, emotionally and financially. To help you get back on your feet after such a difficult time, you may want to file a lawsuit against the driver responsible for your accident. If your suit is successful, you can recover compensation to help you pay for some of your crash-related expenses.
Now that the weather is warmer, you're probably looking forward to spending more time on your motorcycle.
Accidents happen every day, often when Staten Islanders least expect them. A quick trip to the grocery store can change one's life forever. Motorcycle accidents in Staten Island can be especially devastating.